Compare benzoyl peroxide vs. Differin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) is the most effective over-the-counter treatment for mild acne.
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Differin (adapalene) is commonly used for treating acne, but, it can cause skin irritation.
- Available over-the-counter from many brands.
- Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) comes in many different forms and combinations with other acne products.
- Differin (adapalene) is a good option for the treatment of acne.
- It is available as a cheaper, generic medication.
- It only has to be applied to the skin once a day at bedtime.
- The 0.1% gel formulation is available over the counter, without a prescription.
- Differin (adapalene) is generally well tolerated, with few side effects.
- Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) increases your skin's sensitivity to the sun and may also cause dryness or stinging.
- Be careful when applying Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) to large areas since it can bleach hair, clothing, and pillow cases upon contact.
- Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) needs to be combined with other medications to effectively treat severe acne.
- Your skin may look worse before it starts looking better.
- Differin (adapalene) can take up to 8 to 12 week to start working.
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The Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
5possible side effects
- Skin dryness42%
- Skin redness38%
- Skin scaling35%
- Persistent burning and stinging24%
- Persistent itching21%
Risks and risk factors
- Skin irritation
- Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
- Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
- Allergic reaction
- Local skin reactions
- Soaps and cleansers with skin-drying effects
- Products with high concentraions of alcohol, astringents, spices, or limes.
- UV and sunlight exposure
- Severe allergic reaction